Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Placing Modern Human Rights Defenders on Map

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Placing Modern Human Rights Defenders on Map

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Byline: IAN MCNEAL news@gazettemedia.co.uk @EveningGazette

THIS WEEK marks the centenary of one of the most important days in British history - the granting of women's suffrage.

One hundred years ago today women aged over 30 were given the right to vote, paving the way for full equal voting rights.

It was the culmination of a long and difficult fight led by the Suffragettes - women who changed society by campaigning for rights for women, with the right to vote among their most significant demands.

They interrupted political meetings, chained themselves to railings, yelled while waving banners emblazoned with "VOTES FOR WOMEN", were regularly arrested, went on hunger strike, cut phone lines and one, Emily Davidson, even threw herself under the king's horse to get the suffragette message heard.

But the Suffragettes' fight paid off.

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed, giving women over the age of 30, and who owned a certain amount of property, the right to vote.

It would be another 10 years until the vote was extended to all women, when the Equal Franchise Act was passed, but it was a major step in the right direction.

Tuesday marked the centenary of one of the most important days in British history - the granting of women's suffrage.

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of women's suffrage in Britain, Amnesty and the The Gazette are calling upon readers to nominate the incredible women who are working to make a real difference in Teesside today.

They may have stood up to bullies, helped the homeless, aided refugees or campaigned for better access to healthcare.

They may have challenged bad business practices, worked to protect the environment, prevented forced evictions, and much more.

Every time these women have spoken up, set up a petition, sent a letter to their MP, set up a local campaigning group or marched for rights, they've taken steps towards making life better for others. …

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